Test Format – Listening (30 minutes)

The Listening component consists of 40 questions. You will listen to four recorded texts, such as monologues and conversations, by a range of native-speakers and write your answers to a series of questions. These include questions that test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of an utterance and the ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each part is heard only once. Once the audio completes, you will be given additional 10 minutes to copy the answers to the answer sheet.

Part 1

You hear a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

Part 2

You hear a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Part 3

You hear a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

Part 4

You hear a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.


Test Format – Reading (60 minutes)

The Reading component consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical arguments and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

The General Training version requires test takers to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.


Test Format – Writing (60 minutes)

The Writing component includes two tasks that are based on topics of general interest.

Part 1

You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style for not less than 150 words.

Part 2

You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay for not less than 250 words.


The Speaking test takes about 11 to 15 minutes and is conducted like an interview by an examiner who assesses candidates on fluency, coherence, grammar, accuracy, and pronunciation. The examiner generally conducts the Speaking test in 3 parts and records the entire conversation.

Part 1 of the Speaking test is mainly introduction and the examiner asks general questions to the candidate about his/her family, job, studies, interests, and a wide range of other topics related to the candidate’s introductory information

In part 2, candidates are asked to speak for 1 to 2 minutes on a particular topic for which they get a minute to prepare and make notes. After the candidate has finished speaking, the examiner may ask a couple of questions on the same topic.

In part 3, the examiner engages the candidate in a discussion about abstract issues which are linked to part 2.